Kier Darby was brought on during the v Bulletin 2.0 Beta phase to further development.
The release of v Bulletin 2 proved to be very successful and is what made v Bulletin popular.
In December 2002, v Bulletin 3 was beginning development.
Percival decided to step down as lead developer and product manager, turning his roles over to Kier Darby.
The Gold release of v Bulletin 3.6.0 New features in 3.7 included an inline spam management & prevention system, thread tagging and tag cloud, thread prefixes, reciprocal friendship between users, public visitor messaging on user profile pages, user picture albums, user-created social groups, user-customizable profile pages, a lightbox viewer for images attached to posts, post edit history, a notices system, multiple human verification systems, and social bookmarking integration.